Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above {2016 Hymn Challenge}

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Wow, it’s already February! I finally sang through all six verses of my January hymn, Nearer My God to Thee, by memory last night. Barely beat the January clock… but it happened, and I’m sooo glad I memorized this hymn.

The prayer to be nearer to God’s heart is one that we can never ask too often, and Nearer My God to Thee was a really good hymn for me to sing over and over and over this month. January is gone, but I’m going to learn from these lyrics for a long time.

For February, I chose the lovely little five-verse hymn, Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above. The lyrics go like this:

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Sing praise to God who reigns above, the God of all creation,
The God of power, the God of love, the God of our salvation.
With healing balm my soul is filled and every faithless murmur stilled:
To God all praise and glory.

What God’s almighty power hath made His gracious mercy keepeth,
By morning glow or evening shade His watchful eye ne’er sleepeth;
Within the kingdom of His might, Lo! all is just and all is right:
To God all praise and glory.

The Lord is never far away, but through all grief distressing,
An ever present help and stay, our peace and joy and blessing.
As with a mother’s tender hand, God gently leads the chosen band:
To God all praise and glory.

Thus, all my toilsome way along, I sing aloud Thy praises,
That earth may hear the grateful song my voice unwearied raises.
Be joyful in the Lord, my heart, both soul and body bear your part:
To God all praise and glory.

Let all who name Christ’s holy name give God all praise and glory;
Let all who own His power proclaim aloud the wondrous story!
Cast each false idol from its throne, for Christ is Lord, and Christ alone:
To God all praise and glory.

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What good words, right? I chose this one because I need to be reminded to sing praises to God all the time. ALL THE TIME. All the time. In the very best moments of the day, on the days that aren’t great at all, in perfect order, and in perfect chaos, we should sing God’s praises. Joyfully, readily, deeply.

That’s my prayer for this month, and this hymn will help me to keep that prayer on my tongue.

So, hymn #2! Let’s do this! <3 #hymnchallenge2016

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Join Us for Hymn Challenge 2016!

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When I mentioned that I had challenged myself to memorize one hymn a month in 2016 last week, several people said that they would be interested in an online “group” of sorts where we could encourage one another and hold ourselves and each other accountable on our hymn memorization goals this year.
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So…. I started the Hymn Challenge 2016 page, where we can do just that!
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Want to join us? The benefits are many and the guidelines are simple. Take a look:
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BENEFITS OF THE GROUP:
– Study God’s character, love, and grace while memorizing edifying, God-centered hymn lyrics.
– Learn memory tips from other hymn-lovers.
– Learn more about the hymnwriters and their lives.
– Be encouraged by one another’s progress.
– Read devotionals drawn from hymns shared on the page.
– Help each other stay accountable by monthly, weekly, or daily (your choice!) updates on your memory progress.
– Have 12 hymns memorized by the end of 2016!
 
GUIDELINES:
– Choose your own hymns.
– Start at any time.
– Always be kind and show the love of Christ in your interaction with others. <3
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Want to join us? “Attend” the event, and let’s encourage each other all year long, okay? Here’s to 2016 and better memorization goals!
 
Lacie
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Nearer My God to Thee {2016 Hymns}

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I’ve challenged myself to memorize one hymn a month in 2016. Anyone want to join me? (It doesn’t have to be the same hymns!) Tell me what hymns you’re memorizing.
 
The first hymn I’ve chosen to memorize this year is “Nearer My God to Thee.” Verse one provokes a lot of reflection:
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Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone.
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy given;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be, nearer my God to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
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Is this the genuine prayer of hearts? Trial, hardship, difficulty. Whatever it be, Lord, draw my heart to yours.

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